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The superfluous, a very necessary thing. Voltaire
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To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered. Voltaire
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Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. Voltaire
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I have lived eighty years of life and know nothing for it, but to be resigned and tell myself that flies are born to be eaten by spiders and man to be devoured by sorrow. Voltaire
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He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend; provided, of course, he really is dead. Voltaire
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The sovereign is called a tyrant who knows no laws but his caprice. Voltaire
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What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous. Voltaire
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Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient. Voltaire
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Fear follows crime and is its punishment. Voltaire
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Language is a very difficult thing to put into words. Voltaire
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He who has heard the same thing told by 12,000 eye-witnesses has only 12,000 probabilities, which are equal to one strong probability, which is far from certain. Voltaire
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If there had been a censorship of the press in Rome we should have had today neither Horace nor Juvenal, nor the philosophical writings of Cicero. Voltaire
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In the matter of taxation, every privilege is an injustice. Voltaire
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But there must be some pleasure in condemning everything-in perceiving faults where others think they see beauties.' 'You mean there is pleasure in having no pleasure. Voltaire
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God is a comic, playing to an audience that's afraid to laugh. Voltaire
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Originality is nothing but judicious plagiarism. Voltaire
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Those who lament for fortune do not often lament for themselves. Voltaire
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Slavery is as ancient as war, and war as human nature. Voltaire
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A man who pours drugs of which he knows little into a body of which he knows less. Voltaire
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Paradise is where I am Voltaire
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I loved him as we always love for the first time; with idolatry and wild passion. Voltaire
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To hold a pen is to be at war. Voltaire
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He wanted to know how they prayed to God in El Dorado. "We do not pray to him at all," said the reverend sage. "We have nothing to ask of him. He has given us all we want, and we give him thanks continually. Voltaire
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?Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. Voltaire
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Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills. Voltaire
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Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day. Voltaire
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To caress the serpent that devours us, until it has eaten away our heart. Voltaire
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Prejudice is opinion without judgement. Voltaire
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Regimen is superior to medicine. Voltaire
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The secret of being boring is to say everything. Voltaire
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If God did not exist, he would have to be invented. Voltaire
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It must be confessed that the inventors of the mechanical arts have been much more useful to men than the inventors of syllogisms. Voltaire
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All the persecutors declare against each other mortal war, while the philosopher, oppressed by them all, contents himself with pitying them. Voltaire
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Virtue between men is a commerce of good actions: he who has no part in this commerce must not be reckoned. Voltaire
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Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense. Voltaire
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The very impossibility in which I find myself to prove that God is not, discovers to me his existence. Voltaire
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Religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool. Voltaire
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Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need. Voltaire
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Most of my life has been one tragedy after another, most of which hasn't happened. Voltaire
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This is no time to make new enemies. Voltaire
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Translations increase the faults of a work and spoil its beauties. Voltaire
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One of the chief misfortunes of honest people is that they are cowardly. Voltaire
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When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. Tecumseh Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. Voltaire
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The way to be a bore is to say everything. Voltaire
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Friends should be preferred to kings. Voltaire
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The right to free speech is more important than the content of the speech. Voltaire
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Historians are gossips who tease the dead Voltaire
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It is said that the present is pregnant with the future. Voltaire
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The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it. Voltaire
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We are all full of weakness and errors; let us mutually pardon each other our follies - it is the first law of nature. Voltaire
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Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another. Voltaire
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One great use of words is to hide our thoughts. Voltaire
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Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same. Voltaire
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Better is the enemy of good. Voltaire
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We must distinguish between speaking to deceive and being silent to be reserved. Voltaire
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We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard. Voltaire
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Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. Voltaire
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All styles are good except the tiresome kind. Voltaire
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The best is the enemy of the good. Voltaire
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In every author let us distinguish the man from his works. Voltaire
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Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel. Voltaire
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The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error. Voltaire
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My life is a struggle. Voltaire
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Let us work without theorizing, tis the only way to make life endurable. Voltaire
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Errors flies from mouth to mouth, from pen to pen, and to destroy it takes ages. Voltaire
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Will is wish, and liberty is power. Voltaire
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The system of Descartes... seemed to give a plausible reason for all those phenomena; and this reason seemed more just, as it is simple and intelligible to all capacities. But in philosophy, a student ought to doubt of the things he fancies he understands too easily, as much as of those he does not understand. Voltaire
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There is no such thing as an accident. What we call by that name is the effect of some cause which we do not see. Voltaire
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He who seeks truth should be of no country. Voltaire
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This poem will never reach its destination. On Rousseau's Ode To Posterity Voltaire
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